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Lockout forces NHL to cancel more games

Reuters--The National Hockey League postponed another week of regular-season games on Friday because of the ongoing labor dispute with players.

The NHL released a short statement on Friday announcing that all scheduled games up until Nov. 1 had been scrapped because of the lockout.

The regular-season was originally set to start on Oct. 11. The NHL had already canceled the first two weeks because of the dispute and the latest postponement effects a total of 135 games.

The decision to cancel the games came just a day after talks between the two feuding sides broke down, raising the prospect that the entire season could be lost.

Both sides presented proposals on Thursday that they hoped would bring an end to the stoppage but they were unable to reach an agreement, with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman saying negotiations had taken a backward step.

The lockout was imposed last month after team owners and players were unable to reach a deal on a new collective bargaining agreement with both sides at odds over how to split US$3.3 billion in revenue.

It is the fifth time in 20 years that the NHL has been stopped because of labor dispute.

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